Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Deborah Whitehead

Second Advisor

Celine Dauverd

Third Advisor

Brian Catlos

Abstract

This thesis examines the relationship between classical culture and Christianity in Rome through the lens of medieval, Renaissance, and Counter Reformation guidebooks. I propose that guidebooks allowed authors and patrons to project a carefully constructed image of Rome, a construction influenced by the Church’s desire to authenticate its place in Europe by defining itself in relation to classical culture.

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